18 May Interactive Virtual Dressing Rooms

Have you ever been in a dressing room trying on clothes and you want to try on another size? You have to put your clothes back on and go out and look for it. Not for long. Interactive mirrors, 3D scanners and holographic sales assistants may sound like they belong in a sci-fi movie, but they’ll likely soon be part of your future shopping sprees. Someday soon you will be able to type what you need: color, size and style, into a hand held device and view your selections on a “magic mirror” mounted on the wall.

These mirrors will be able to show you how an article of clothing or an outfit looks, from every angle. They will also record everything you try on. If you can’t remember how the first thing you tried on looked, a responsive mirror will allow you to simultaneously see everything that you have tried on. These mirrors aren’t far in the future; some high-end retail stores are already implementing them. If you need a friend to offer her opinion before you buy you might appreciate being able to send an image of you trying on clothes from the dressing room to your friends phone or email. Shoppers can connect live with friends and family members and get instant feedback, just like they were in the room with you.

Check out this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDi0FNcaock
Interactive dressing rooms can suggest complimentary products—matching accessories, shoes, or even shirts and pants. These dressing rooms can also convey useful information; including, price, materials and care instruction. The next logical step is a consumer version of the interactive dressing room, which is then configured to work with ecommerce websites so you can shop this way in your own home.

Then we get to the checkout process: You simply walk out the door! Automated sensors will quickly add up everything you’ve purchased and the amount is simply deducted from a card.  This is grocery shopping made easy! If an item isn’t in stock, or if you simply don’t want to carry it with you because you have other places to be (such as not wanting perishable food to go bad when you are on your way to a business meeting), the items can simply be delivered to your home at the time of your choosing.

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